BigBen Interactive’s new WRC game, which has all the makings of a shovelware title given the developer’s previous back catalog, is now the second racing game in just under a month to become an official eSport, following Project CARS.
To drill home how much of a mistake this is, first, we need to take a look at the epic masterpieces Kylotonn Games have given us over the years.
Three fitness games and an Xbox Live arcade title round out an extremely disappointing list of budget-priced garbage – games nobody should have in their collection, nor would they ever have on their radar in the first place. I don’t exactly trust them to develop a high quality Rally Racing simulator, or even an arcade title, that can be played on a competitive level for generous cash prizes.
Second, the gameplay footage itself is extremely underwhelming. I know it’s not right to judge a book by it’s cover, or rather a video game by three minutes of gameplay, but I’ve been around this shit since the late 1990’s. By now, I happen to know a thing or two. This looks like something you’d find on MiniClip.com, not a full-priced Playstation 4 title. With such lackluster basic gameplay, I wonder what kind of bugs, glitches, and exploits will pop up, seeing as the big boys can’t even get it right.
Third, the guys in charge of organizing ESL events simply do not understand how auto racing works. Their event format for Project CARS already acknowledged the game itself was unbalanced (meaning they can’t find a suitable game in the first place that’s properly balanced), banning one of the cars in a specific class from competition, and their events consisted of putting people in one-on-one shootouts instead of proper races against a full field of competitors. In short, they used a full-fledged racing simulator to stage Forza Horizon-like shitfests that encourage wrecking and lack any strategic elements you see in auto racing, real or virtual.
This whole attempt by the ESL to appeal to those who primarily invest their free time in driving games is extremely laughable. These guys have demonstrated not once, but twice, that they have no fucking clue what they’re doing.